taciturn


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tac·i·turn

 (tăs′ĭ-tûrn′)
adj.
1. Habitually untalkative. See Synonyms at laconic.
2. Characterized by reserve or a lack of expression: "Beneath his taciturn exterior was an optimist" (Buzz Bizzinger).

[French taciturne, from Old French, from Latin taciturnus, from tacitus, silent; see tacit.]

tac′i·tur′ni·ty (-tûr′nĭ-tē) n.
tac′i·turn·ly adv.

taciturn

(ˈtæsɪˌtɜːn)
adj
habitually silent, reserved, or uncommunicative; not inclined to conversation
[C18: from Latin taciturnus, from tacitus silent, from tacēre to be silent]
ˌtaciˈturnity n
ˈtaciˌturnly adv

tac•i•turn

(ˈtæs ɪˌtɜrn)

adj.
1. inclined to silence; reserved in speech; uncommunicative.
2. dour, stern, and silent in expression and manner.
[1765–75; < Latin taciturnus=tacit(us) silent (see tacit) + -urnus adj. suffix of time]
tac`i•tur′ni•ty, n.
tac′i•turn`ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.taciturn - habitually reserved and uncommunicative
incommunicative, uncommunicative - not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions
concise - expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation"
voluble - marked by a ready flow of speech; "she is an extremely voluble young woman who engages in soliloquies not conversations"

taciturn

taciturn

adjective
Translations
silentema
hallgatag

taciturn

[ˈtæsɪtɜːn] ADJtaciturno

taciturn

[ˈtæsɪtɜːrn] adjtaciturne

taciturn

taciturn

[ˈtæsɪˌtɜːn] adjtaciturno/a
References in classic literature ?
Grandmother always talked, dear woman: to herself or to the Lord, if there was no one else to listen; but grandfather was naturally taciturn, and Jake and Otto were often so tired after supper that I used to feel as if I were surrounded by a wall of silence.
He was taciturn, soft-footed, very quiet in his manner, deferential, observant, always at hand when wanted, and never near when not wanted; but his great claim to consideration was his respectability.
Among them, silent and taciturn, squatted five white-robed Arabs, securely bound and under heavy guard.
more than six feet high), strongly built, grave and taciturn, occasionally violent, and very passionate when contradicted.
He talked very little, and seemed all the more mysterious for his taciturn manner.
He was the gaunt, taciturn individual we had seen at the wheel.
I remember how I, invariably so taciturn, suddenly fastened upon Zverkov, when one day talking at a leisure moment with his schoolfellows of his future relations with the fair sex, and growing as sportive as a puppy in the sun, he all at once declared that he would not leave a single village girl on his estate unnoticed, that that was his droit de seigneur, and that if the peasants dared to protest he would have them all flogged and double the tax on them, the bearded rascals.
He accustomed himself to speaking to the new jailer, although the latter was, if possible, more taciturn than the old one; but still, to speak to a man, even though mute, was something.
We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb.
And then," resumed D'Artagnan, "to this decrepitude is probably added poverty, for he must have neglected the little that he had, and the dirty scoundrel, Grimaud, more taciturn than ever and still more drunken than his master -- stay, Planchet, it breaks my heart to merely think of it.
He soon proved a heavy clog upon the little party, being doltish and taciturn, lazy in the extreme, and a huge feeder.
Sylvie looked calmly pleased, Eulalie swelled like an incensed turkey, but the mutiny was quelled: the conceited coquetry and futile flirtation of the first bench were exchanged for a taciturn sullenness, much more convenient to me, and the rest of my lesson passed without interruption.